I have a 6 y/o chocolate lab named Bo. 3 weeks ago, he seemed to be stiff in his rear hip/legs. Couple days later, noticed him limping. A vet had previously told us to give him asprin. Bo seemed very lethargic and began vomitting more frequently. He has also had a sensitive stomach and had issues throwing up after eating. 3 days after giving asprin, woke up to puddles of thick blood all over living room. We rushed him to an animal er, where they ran him through a gaunlet of blood tests and xrays. Everything came up negative. No lymes disease, no cancer, no kidney problems, nothing broken, ect... Vet perscribed ulcer meds, pain med (tramadol? I think), antacid.
So after a wk of the meds, vomitting has ceased. We switched him to a couple small meals a day of turkey, rice, and green bean to get him eating again. However, he doesn't eat much at all. He seems to running a fever some days. After stopping meds this wk, he has begun eating more, but is very lethargic. Even more than when he was on the tramadol. Also have noticed hip stiffness/limping has increased. We have to caring him down steps. Normally he goes up stairs just fine. However, within the past wk/wk and 1/2, he is unable to climb stairs. He has to basically hop with his rear legs to get up even one step. He doesn't seem to want to put pressure on rear legs. Also, he has dropped 7lbs since beginning of issues.
We took him to a new vet 2 wks ago. He changed the amount of meds but said to continue what we are doing. Just doesn't seem to be improving at all. If anything, he is worse off (besides the blood throwup that was due to the asprin). It is just unsettling that within 3 wks to go from a normally active, always following you around dog, to now a dog that can't get up most the time by himself, doesn't respond to call his name.
Most irritating of all, is that neither vet has mention anything about his initial symptoms of leg/hip pain.
I would get another opinion. I hope everything is ok. :-/
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I would get another opinion also. Where are you located? Maybe someone else on the board can suggest a specialist that can help your dog.
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Please find another vet, repeat x-rays, repeate blood work, make sure they check kidney function, liver function, and
and belly. An ultra sound of the belly needs to be done if x-rays are inconclusive. If this was my dog I would be there NOW, if the regular vet is not open get to an e-vet. Please keep us posted.
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I also agree with getting another opinion or going back to which ever vet you feel comfortable with and demanding they do something.
Ernie was sick for a long time and the vets told me it was seperation anxiety. Rubbish. I became concerned so made up my mind I had to do something. The vet ummed and ahhed and my frustration became so bad I said" My dog is sick.... I know my dog and my dog is sick." I felt so bad being that rude, but had to help him. They can not talk so as their guardians it is our job to speak for them.
If you know something isn't right, then it isn't.
Good thoughts coming. Let us know how you get on. I would still keep giving the ulcer meds. Erns has them every day as he has gut issues.
I agree with the others- see another vet. One thing to ask about is hip dysplasia- the position he has to be in for the xrays is different than for general xrays. It is possible for it to show up this early. Not saying it is HD, just something to look into.
It is possible for him to have it this early. Erns was 4 when I got him and he was diagnosed with severe HD in both hips.
I thought of HD, but Erns didn't start out limping. He had a bunny hop gait. He now limps with the arthritis and partial tear to his knee, but he is 11.
Ernie has trouble standing and walking when his gut plays up. We often can't tell which is giving him trouble as it could be hips or pain from the gut.
It could also be a tear on a knee, back , neuro or many other things.
Sorry to be a know all.
ETA. I just reread this and saw he doesn't respond to his name. That would have me on high alert. Even when Erns has been at his worst he will still open his eyes to look at you when you say his name.
Last edited by kassabella; 06-05-2013 at 08:53 AM.
I am very sorry for your problems. I have to say that the weight loss, walking issues, vomiting, etc. makes me think of an intestional issue or something. This is close to what we experienced with our cancer lab. I definately think more investigation of the belly area is needed, best wishes. I hope it is something that can be fixed but go please somewhere that will give you answers.